We’ve all heard of the Twelve Days of Christmas, but have you heard of the Twelves Days of St. Patrick’s Day? Well, if you don’t know, now you know. March 5 is the unofficially recognized holiday dubbed Cinco de Marcho, the beginning of a twelve-day preparation period for St. Patricks’s Day. The purpose of this holiday: to steadily drink more and more alcohol each day leading up to St. Patty’s so your body will be ready for the Irish celebration .
History of Cinco de Marcho
Cinco de Marcho is the invention of a man who goes by the name “Carlos Fantastico.” His true identity remains a mystery, and his title is a riff on “Caro Fantastico,” a possible Spanish-language variant for the 1980s television classic, “Knight Rider.” In 2007, while dining at the Mexican restaurant The Matador, Mr. Fantastico, margarita in hand, noted the date. It was March 5. Then the thought came to him. March. The number five. Mexican restaurant. Spanish. Cinco de Marcho! And it just so happened that the drink he held within his grasp was green. Green. Irish. St. Patrick. Mexican drink. Alcohol! And thus, the whole of Cinco de Marcho came to be.
More About Cinco de Marcho
Cinco de Marcho isn’t about excessive drinking, says Fantastico. It’s about finding your limits. Fantastico views Cinco de Marcho as a form of training for light drinkers. Those with low alcohol tolerance can use the 12 days of Cinco de Marcho to buff up their liver for the upcoming holiday gaieties. Cinco de Marcho is also about having fun with holiday distortions. America has a tradition of taking holidays from other cultures and twisting them around, so Mr. Fantastico and his compatriots created a holiday that would satirize this practice. The group is not out to mock or offend anyone. They just want to have a good time.